History The Limits of Hiphop
posted by January 25 at 10:27 AMon
At the end of the 80s, Just Ice rapped to the border of the rupture in the production of music. The border where played music comes to an end, and replayed music begins. The song is called “Going Way Back,” and Just Ice, prompted by KRS-One, journeys back to the limit and has a limit-experience, not unlike the one Michel Foucault experienced (or desired to experience) in the bathhouses of San Francisco. Just Ice raps to the limit of knowledge, that twilight zone haunted by the forms of forgotten MCs and DJs. And just as he is about to run out of the names of those “who were there,” and crossover into sheer nonsense and nothingness, he is retrieved by KRS-0ne: “Well, I think that is about as far as we can go.” Because it has a beginning, hiphop must have an end. Jazz, for example, ended in 1969. When will hiphop end?